RIAA Asks ISPs to Kill Napster CopycatThe Recording Industry Association of America sent 75 letters of legal complaint to about 50 Internet service providers asking them to block access to OpenNap, an open-source version of Napster allegedly being run from ISPs' networks.
The letters, reportedly mailed Friday, mark the RIAA's first move against online copyright violators since winning a decision against Napster last month in a federal appeals court.
OpenNap lets users set themselves up as smaller versions of the Napster music-swapping service. The system creates a directory through which linked computers can search each other's hard drives for music files. OpenNap requires a reasonably powerful computer and above average modem capabilities.